The Stern-Gerlach experiment and the Discovery (?) of Electron Spin

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the lecture describes the story of how Stern and Gerlach tried to detect "space quantization" of Bohr orbits and ended up discovering the spin of the electron; and how it took five years to disentangle the muddle. I will also discuss briefly the vexing story of a possible Stern-Gerlach experiment for free electrons. I will note in passing the remarkably creative career of Otto Stern, sometimes (justifiably) called the founding father of Experimental Atomic Physics.
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14:00
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15:00
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Monday, February 1, 2016